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to america's middle class, the first caucus where the majority are women, minorities, et cetera. >> obviously ron taking a hit at republicans who have taken so much flack for the fact there have been so few women republicans in leadership positions but really is part of the larger narrative. >> absolutely. this was a huge thing in the election, these demographic shifts that really helped reelect the president. i want to say one more thing on the point on taxes. if there's anything the president has a mandate for, raising taxes on the wealthy. the surveys say the majority of americans are in favor of this and i want to point out there is no evidence to show that higher taxes or an impediment to growth. look at the clinton years versus the bush years that came after and see that difference. >> rana, always great to have you here. chris thank you as well. >> thank you. >>> yet another sign that washington can't work together, though, a u.n. treaty that would globally ban discrimination against people with disabilities came up for a vote in the senate yesterday and it failed, even though it was m
. keeping faith with the middle class of america is common ground among democrats and republicans. what is needed now is a compromise that permits the house to go forward. >> so, senator, is senator harry reid working on a different possibility, a different bill than what was just mentioned, the 250,000 that you were also reiterating? >> the majority leader will have to speak for himself on what his negotiations are, but i think from where the end game is in the short term, avoiding the fiscal cliff, everybody agrees has to happen. let's put aside the brings manship and gamesmanship that seems to prevail in the house of representatives, and give the house a vote. they should be here right now. we're all here in the senate. why isn't the house here? >> what are you seeing, just returning from your district, from your state, when you look at how this issue is being discussed in papers across the country, it's not a headline. more often than not it's not even on the front page. on the flip side, people are saying where is the urgency? why isn't congress doing something about this and comin
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